North Korea is not planning to establish any contacts or conduct any talks with USA representatives during the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in South Korea's PyeongChang, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Thursday.
"We have never begged for dialogue with the U.S. nor [will we] in the future", the North's state-run KCNA news agency quoted Jo Yong-sam, a director-general at the foreign ministry.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said before heading over to South Korea that he is concerned about Kim "hijacking" the peaceful message of the game and rightly described his regime as "murderous". The North Korean side has notified that Kim Yong-nam will lead a delegation of three athletes who will be accompanied by 18 more people.
Pence has not ruled out the prospect of meeting North Korean officials during the Games, but President Trump, whose daughter and adviser Ivanka will attend the Olympic closing ceremony, has cast doubt on the value of United States talks with Pyongyang anytime soon.
"Until North Korea gets on a pathway to giving up its nuclear weapons, this pressure and all these sanctions, and we've got more to come, are going to keep coming", Tillerson said, according to the Post.
But none of them were spotted in satellite imagery ahead of the parade, according to respected U.S. website 38 North.
The ministry said it would discuss reopening the park, "when the North Korean nuclear issue has to some extent entered a phase of a resolution".
In recent days, hundreds of anti-North Korea campaigners have taken to the streets against the North's participation in the Olympics.
He added that Mr Moon will hold a luncheon with the North Korean delegates on Saturday.
Neither Kim Yo Jong nor Kim Yong Nam are among the North Korean officials blacklisted under United Nations sanctions over the North's weapons programs.
Kim Yo Jong, the North Korean leader's younger sister and a close confidante, will be the highest-ranking diplomat attending the games on behalf of North Korea.
Mr Pence is pushing South Korea to adopt a more hawkish stance towards Pyongyang and warning against North Korean "propaganda" efforts at the games. However, the opening ceremony could prove to be an extremely awkward moment for organisers, as Pence and Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jong, are to be seated only metres apart.